National Community Employment Programs Specialist, VHA Vocational Rehabilitation, Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Department of Veteran Affairs, Washington, DC.
Joe Carlomagno joined the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 2010 and is the National Community Employment Program Specialist in the VHA Vocational Rehabilitation Service, Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Joe has over 30 years of experience in supported employment programs within the community mental health systems of several New England states. Joe worked as the Director of a community mental health and disability program on Martha’s Vineyard and has held several positions with the State of Vermont. In the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, he served as the State Supported Employment Coordinator and as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor working with young adults with disabilities. He served as the Associate Director for the Division of Developmental Disabilities and as the Quality Management Director within the Vermont Division of Disability and Aging Services. Joe has led and participated in several system change initiatives within several New England states to promote recovery, self-advocacy, Community Integrated Employment and to assist persons with disabilities to live full lives within their local communities. Currently, Joe provides support and guidance to VHA Voc Rehab programs including Supported Employment Community Based Employment Services, and Supported Self-Employment Services at VA Medical Centers nationwide, promoting recovery and the integration of employment within clinical care.